Frankincense – The Essential Oil that started it all

Frankincense – The Essential Oil that started it all

I remember lying on my stomach on the massage table, waiting for the start of my Reiki treatment. With my face nestled comfortably in the headrest,  my heart pounds with anticipation for the treatment that is to come. My Reiki Master then asks me to take three deep breaths to calm and ground myself. As I inhale, the aroma of a wonderful woody and earthy scent fills my nostrils. I feel an inner peace wash over me, and by the third breath, I have to ask: “What is that aroma?” Frankincense Essential Oil is the answer I receive.

Thus began my quest into Frankincense and the wonderful world of Essential Oils.

The Origin and History of Frankincense

This most precious essential oil, Frankincense is found throughout our history. Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh are gifted to a newborn baby  Jesus during biblical times.  This oil is applied   during religious ceremonies to anoint the people. The use of Frankincense incense is commonly used to bless and sanctify those in attendance.

The resin from the Boswellia carterii trees in Somalia is the source of Frankincense EO. By tapping the trees, the resin trails and hardens along the trunk when exposed to the air. These groups of resin are commonly known as tears. The tears are then delicately harvested and the oil is extracted by steam distillation. The entire process is a lengthy and very precise technique. Months of work and careful planning is needed for the harvest of this EO. The goal is to extract the purest and highest grade resin to produce a high grade essential oil.

In passing, doTERRA has a Co-Impact Sourcing Initiative in Somalia as it relates to the harvesting of Frankincense. This initiative provides frankincense harvesters with greater opportunities for income , while providing doTERRA with access to skilled harvesters who accomplish the intricate steps of frankincense resin harvesting. Another wonderful example of the positive impact this company has in our world.

The King of Essential Oils

Easily one of the most valuable and versatile essential oil, Frankincense respectfully carries the title of King of Essential Oils. The numerous health benefits associated with Frankincense are impressive. They range from anti-inflammatory, pain reduction, immune boosting, to anti-aging, helping with respiratory issues, as well as stress and anxiety reduction. If you are unsure which essential oil to use in the treatment of any ailment, Frankincense is always a safe and effective choice.

Frankincense has a positive impact in the appearance and health of our skin. This EO promotes healthy cell regeneration. By applying Frankincense topically to the affected areas, it speeds up the healing of cuts and scrapes. It can effectively assist in the reduction of existing scars and stretch marks as well. By applying this oil to a recent cut, it acts as a coagulant to help stop bleeding. Frankincense’s astringent properties help to minimize pores, tighten sagging skin, reduce wrinkles, blemishes and acne. Always be sure to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other carrier oil for sensitive skin.

The Miracle of Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is a strong anti-inflammatory. By improving circulation to the affected areas, the application of this essential oil will reduce the pain related to arthritis, muscles aches, sciatica and back pain. You can easily apply the EO topically to ease the effects of these ailments. During menstrual cycles, rubbing Frankincense to the abdomen will alleviate cramps and pain. It will also help with mood swings and fatigue.

As a diuretic, this EO increases the flow of urine through the system. This allows toxins, sodium and fats to leave the body more rapidly. Frankincense also improves the digestive system by increasing the secretion of bile into the stomach.  As a result, this oil increases the movement of the food through the digestive system and intestines, reducing the effects of indigestion. You can add a drop or two to a glass of water, or ingest in an empty veggie capsule. Be sure to verify the purity of your EO before ingesting. (Blog: How Pure is my Essential Oil?)

Frankincense is also very competent as it relates to the respiratory system. Having strong expectorant  properties, it helps to loosen mucus and phlegm that becomes trapped in the lungs and nasal tract. This EO is effective in dealing with symptoms of congestion, bronchitis, colds and allergies. Frankincense can also provide relief during the onset of asthma attacks due to its anti-inflammatory properties. You can easily apply Frankincense topically to the throat and chest area. This oil can also be inhaled to provide rapid relief of symptoms from these respiratory ailments.

Frankincense and Emotional Wellness

peaceful-parkFrankincense also carries properties to help reduce the levels of anxiety, stress and anger. This oil has a calming and grounding effect on the body much like a sedative. By inhaling the aroma of this oil, you reach a feeling of mental peace and tranquility. On a spiritual level, this essential oil promotes a sense of relaxation and deep breathing. It enables you to become more aware of your surroundings in a calm and relaxed state of being. Frankincense can be diffused during a Reiki or Massage Therapy session as an effective grounding and emotional balancing technique.

Frankincense IS the King of the Essential Oils. I am grateful that I benefited from its enchanting aroma two years ago. It has brought me to this new path of discoveries, not only on a physical level, but a spiritual level as well. What a wonderful life we live. Enjoy!!!

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2 Comments

  • Meagan Roy

    September 21, 2016 at 8:54 am Reply

    Mayhaps my next Reiki session can have some Frankincense involved. Although, if it puts me to sleep faster, maybe it’s not a good idea…

    • Nicole A. Gervais

      September 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm Reply

      We can certainly use Frankincense at your next Reiki session. But you will also enjoy the AromaTouch Technique as well. What an amazing experience that is!!! Maybe I can sing you a lullaby while I perform Reiki? You will drift to sleep in no time. Zzzzzzz

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